As Arcada uses a continuous application, applicants should submit all documents within 7 days counted from the date the application was submitted.
Please click on the boxes that apply to you (found at the bottom of the page), to find information on which supporting documents you should submit.
All educational certificates in languages other than Swedish, Finnish or English must be translated
All certificates in other languages have to be translated into one of the languages above by an officially certified translator. A copy of the original document (in original language) shall also be submitted. The translation shall bear the stamp and signature of the translator.
Admission is not final until the original certificates have been checked by Arcada
You will need to submit your original certificates by the start of your studies. Any false information regarding qualifications will make an applicant disqualified for admission.
How to submit your documents
When you fill in the application form, you are at the same time requested to upload application documents that are needed for processing your application.
You can also choose to send all your documents by post, although this is not recommended due to possible delays in postal services. The documents must arrive at Arcada and be on hand within 7 days from the date of application. The date of the postal stamp is not considered. The address is Arcada Admissions, Jan-Magnus Janssonin aukio 1, 00560 Helsinki Finland. Please mark your application number on the envelope.
If you apply with a qualification completed in Finland, you do not need to send in a copy at the time of application.
If you are completing your qualification in Finland, i.e. the Matriculation examination or a vocational degree, the qualification must be completed and a copy of the final certificate submitted in July 2020 (date to be announced), or when you accept your study place.
NOTE! If you completed your Finnish Matriculation examination prior to 1990 you should submit a copy within 7 days of applying.
You cannot apply using another bachelor's degree, instead, you should provide copies of your upper secondary/high school level education.
If you apply with an International Matriculation examination, i.e. the International Baccalaureate (IB), European Baccalaureate (EB) or Reifeprüfung (RP), copies of the completed diplomas and their official translations should submitted within 7 days of applying.
If you are completing your diploma/degree during the application, in spring/summer 2020, you should send in your Predicted Grades or Equivalent. A copy of the final certificate of applicants who complete an RP or EB diploma during the application period (Transcript of Grades for those completing an IB diploma) must be delivered in July (date to be announced) or when you accept your study place.
If you apply with a qualification obtained outside of Finland, this applies to you.
If you have completed your degree/qualification/diploma you should submit a copy of the final degree certificate, together with an official translation, within 7 days of applying.
If you are completing your qualification/degree/diploma during spring /summer 2020, you should submit a certificate/statement issued by the school stating that you are graduating in spring/summer 2020. You should submit a copy with an official translation of the final/temporary certificate when you accept your study place.
You cannot prove your eligibility with another bachelor's degree, instead, you should provide copies of your upper secondary/high school level education.
If you are applying with an SAT score, you need to order an official SAT score report so that it is in Arcada on hand.
We strongly recommend that the SAT test be taken as soon as possible. However, for those taking the SAT test in March, the SAT score report needs to be Arcada on hand by 3 p.m on 8 April 2020.
Applicants are recommended to submit their certificates of English language proficiency (valid during the application period) within 7 days of application.
When signing up for a language test, please select the option to send your scores directly to Arcada. In most cases we do not accept paper score reports submitted by the applicant, instead, they should come directly from the testing center.
Decisions to grant asylum or residence permits issued on the basis of a need for protection of refugees or applicants in a refugee-like situation should be submitted to Arcada within 7 days of application.
In addition to the application documents, all applicants should submit a copy of passport or residence permit document proving exemption from tuition fees:
- Passport ID page or ID card of EU/EEA/Switzerland which states citizenship
- Passport ID page (all other citizenships)
- Residence permit card, both sides; Type A, Type P or type P-EU
- EU Family Member's Residence Card in Finland